27, 28 & 29 November 2024 in Lisbon

19th AIVP World Conference

Open Piers: Steering flows between people, planet, and port cities

The next World Conference on Cities and Ports by AIVP will take place in Lisbon (Portugal) from 27 to 30 November 2024. Save the date!

If you would like to join us as a speaker, fill out our “Become a speaker” form and we will reach out to you. Deadline : 17 may 2024.


“We hope to see you in Lisbon and help us discover how we can create new links and recover old ones”


President of the AIVP; Mayor of the City of Le Havre, France

The World Conference Cities and Ports by AIVP is the annual meeting place for port cities to share their knowledge, to promote the projects implemented, to establish international cooperation links, to take up together the challenges of the sustainable port city and to make their points of view known to the international organisations.


Open Piers: Steering flows between people, planet, and port cities

Piers are the ultimate interface between land and water. They are also the connection between port cities and the planet. Historically, their accessibility was a metaphor for the evolution of the port-city relationship. They changed from being accessible in the past, to gradually becoming off-limits. Fortunately, there is a tendency to give back this access and reopen the piers for the people, inaugurating a new kind of port-city relationship. But how permeable are these relationships today? What flows are shaping these interactions? How are port cities presenting local answers to global trends? What bridges? And how are ports reopening their piers?